For most of this week, I’ve been working through the selection process for our next Hubbard Fellows. We received a record number of applications this year, which I assume has a lot to do with the pandemic-related job market. While it’s a lot of work to read (virtual) piles of resumes and cover letters and conduct numerous Zoom calls with prospective candidates, there are certainly positives. The biggest of those is that every single candidate I’ve talked to has reinforced my optimism about the future of conservation. Folks, there are some incredibly talented and motivated future conservation leaders on the way. Now, we just have to decide which ones to offer Fellowships to… Wish us luck!
By this afternoon, I was suffering some serious cabin fever, so when I saw some diffuse clouds heading toward the sun, I pulled myself away from the computer and headed across town to Lincoln Creek with my camera. Among other things, I worked toward my (imaginary) annual quota of milkweed seed photos. Here are a few shots of common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) seeds. Have a great weekend!